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Documentary Pick- The VICE Guide to Sex: Cat Chateau

Everybody wants to be a cat…? The lights dim and the room grows silent as Chairmyn Meow begins her purrlesque performance, gradually shedding everything but her cat ears and tail as men in suits and women in lingerie cheer her on. This is a typical evening at the Cat Girl Manor in Colorado, which is […]

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Documentary Pick- Unreported World: Young girls force-fed for marriage in Mauritania

CW: Child abuse The arrival of the spring season symbolises new life, new growth and, for many a newly invigorated dietary obsession. Anyone who is familiar with the onslaught of pro weight-loss propaganda in the run up to summer may be enticed to live in a country where big is beautiful. And where might you […]

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Documentary Pick- Dubai

Explore the darker side of Dubai in The Megacity Built by Slaves No stranger to controversy, Dubai has repeatedly made headlines of late- be it as the influencer’s choice of mid-pandemic getaway, or as the prison fled by Sheikh Mohammed’s wife and still missing daughter. And yet, the UAE’s most prized pearl continues to be […]

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Snowpiercer season 2 review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The second season of Snowpiercer has reached its midway point and has, so far, been moderately good, though by no means exceptional. The dystopian train has been cruising through the first four episodes at a decent pace, and while it has been ripe with plot-twists and cliff-hangers, it still lacks the darker notes […]

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Documentary Pick- Afghanistan’s Bacha Posh

The YouTube algorithm, in all its sadistic wisdom, knows I’m a sucker for a good documentary title, and none has intrigued me more than RT’s short piece called He is My Son: Afghanistan’s Bacha Posh, When Girls Become Boys. Bacha Posh can be translated to ‘dressed up as a boy’, but if you think it’s […]

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Cult Column- But I’m a Cheerleader

In honour of Pride month, I think it is high time to revisit an old classic of cult cinema: Jamie Babbit’s But I’m a Cheerleader. Released in 1999, it has all the fun, campy quirks of a Y2K chick flick but is thematically way ahead of its time. In fact, I may go so far […]

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Documentary pick- Siberia: The good, the bad and the freezing

When T.S. Eliot said April was the cruellest month, he clearly hadn’t endured a Scottish February- where a badly heated student flat offers little protection from the wind and rain forcing its way through rickety single-glazed windows.  If, like me, you find yourself wistfully craving the summer, I recommend you indulge in a little Schadenfreude […]

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The new age of the music biopic

It has long been said that the greatest mark of success for any singer is to see themselves immortalised on the silver-screen. Who could forget Eminem’s iconic performance in 8 mile, or indeed Jamie Foxx’s moving portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray? Enter the 21st centuries new favourite genre: the music biopic. The biopic genre […]